By Terrance Thornton for Paradise Valley Independent
Paradise Valley Town Council is expected to send down marching orders of evaluation to its Planning Commission Feb. 23 as the Sanctuary on Camelback Resort & Spa pursues to amend its established special use permit.
The request outlines the resort’s pursuit to create additions to its existing casitas, the creation of two new casitas that will bring an additional 45 new keys to the property and a new pool and snack bar.
In addition, the resort is pursuing modifying its parking layout to accommodate the planned improvements.
Sanctuary, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, is a beloved resort in Paradise Valley, embedded within the landscape of Camelback Mountain on a 53-acre site.
The resort recently unveiled $2M worth of renovations to its spa casitas and spa suites as part of a two-year capital investment.
Known within Town Hall as a Statement of Direction, the official document dictates the scope of scrutiny members of the Planning Commission are to use when evaluating a proposed project.
Back in 2011, to help entice resort redevelopment, Paradise Valley Town Council overhauled the established development process and created four distinctions of amendment’s to local SUPs.
The current revitalization of the Mountain Shadows property along Lincoln Drive is a direct result of the SUP overhaul effort, town leaders say. Since that time, according to town code, there are four defined criteria for the SUP process: administrative, minor, immediate and major.
For those who want to build or operate something other than a residence, town code stipulates a special-use permit is required. There are 38 properties, including churches, resorts and medical facilities operating under SUPs throughout town limits.
Statement of Direction
While final language will be presented to town council Feb. 23, PV Senior Planner George Burton laid out general stipulations for members of the commission to evaluate. They are:
- Lighting, screening of mechanical equipment, setbacks, heights and parking circulation;
- A review of certain setbacks for new casitas;
- A look at on-site water retention for new construction.
An Innovative Approach
Nicholas Loope, president and founder of HL Design Build, is the architect employed by the owners of Sanctuary to carry out development actions at the resort site.
“Sanctuary is looking to increase its ballroom for 2KSF. We are also looking at identifying opportunities on the hillside property where there would be opportunities for interstitial units.”
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